North East

  • Welcome to the HELOA North East Group. We represent the 16 higher education institutions of the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. The region offers students a superb university experience in some of the most vibrant places to live and study in the UK.

    We have over 100 members who meet four times a year to share best practice and discuss the bigger issues in higher education. Our members work in a variety of education liaison related roles and have a wealth of experience to draw upon.

    There are other higher education institutions located in the North East region who are not listed here as they are not HELOA members. For full details of all HE providers in the region please see the UCAS website.

  • Bradford College Durham University

    Leeds Metropolitan University


    Leeds Trinity University

    KCcolourKirklees College Newcastle University Northumbria University Sheffield Hallam University
    Teesside University York St John University University of Bradford University of Huddersfield LogoUniversity of Huddersfield
    University of Hull University of Leeds University of Sheffield University of Sunderland
    University of York

  • Group Chair

    Nicola DoyleNicola Noble, Teesside University
    Email: n.noble@tees.ac.uk

    Nicola was elected to the role of HELOA North East Group Chair in August 2012. She is currently Student Recruitment Manager at Teesside University supporting the widening participation agenda and undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time recruitment. She has worked in Higher Education for 10 years, joining HELOA in 2003/04, and has previously worked at Durham University.

    Nicola’s role as NE Group Chair includes chairing 4 group meetings per year, co-ordinating HELOA activity for the North East region and representing the views and activity of the group at UK Committee meetings.

    Group Vice-Chair, Training

    jimJames Kennedy, Leeds Trinity University College
    Email: j.kennedy@leedstrinity.ac.uk

    James has been an active member of HELOA for six years and has held the position of Vice-Chair (Training) since March 2012. He currently works as Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer at Leeds Trinity University College. James’ role within HELOA is to co-ordinate the regular training sessions that follow our regional meetings. If you have any suggestions for training or facilitators then please let James know.




    Group Vice-Chair, Partnerships

    Helen KayHelen Walker, Sheffield Hallam University
    Email: H.Walker@shu.ac.uk

    Helen was elected to the post of Vice-Chair (Partnerships) in March 2012. She is currently employed in the Pre-Enrolment Team at Sheffield Hallam University. Helen’s role within HELOA is to develop the relationships with organisations such as the Student Finance Company and NASMA as well as with other HELOA regions and within the North East group itself. She will also be overseeing the collaborative work taking place amongst the North East member institutions.

    Group Secretary

    Emily DayEmily Day, York St John University
    Email e.day@yorksj.ac.uk

    Emily currently works in the Schools Liaison  Team at York St John University, working across student recruitment, widening participation and admissions.  As Group Secretary, she is largely responsible for the organisation and reporting of the quarterly group meetings. Emily also manages the subscription data of the group members. If you’re unsure about anything to do with our meetings or your membership details, she’ll be happy to help.


    Group Treasurer

    Jane MurphyJane Murphy, The University of Huddersfield
    Email: j.murphy@hud.ac.uk

    Jane has been a Schools Liaison Officer at the University of Huddersfield for eight years and an active member of HELOA during this time. Her duties as Group Treasurer include managing the group accounts, compiling the annual budget, collecting subscriptions as well as contributing to committee matters.

    Group Web Officer

    Joy NixonJoy Nixon, The University of Huddersfield
    Email: j.m.nixon@hud.ac.uk

    Joy has worked at the University of Huddersfield within Schools and Colleges Liaison for 7 years and has recently joined HELOA.  Joy’s duties as Web Officer include monitoring the content of the North East HELOA website, adding and updating details of committee members, meetings, publications, member information and forthcoming events. Please contact Joy with any information you wish to be added to the website.

  • Open Day Dates 2013/14

    HELOA members in the region produce a poster detailing the Open Days held at each institution.


    HELOA Connect 2014

    Thursday 8 May 2014
    Sheffield University (exact location TBC)

    Download the Conference Programme

    HELOA is the professional association of Higher Education staff and has over 800 members from over 130 UK universities and higher education institutions. Our members provide guidance, information and outreach activities to both pre 16 and post 16 students, their families and advisers throughout the UK.

    With increased pressures on schools and colleges, decreasing budgets and increased competition, it has never been more important to make sure that we’re doing the best we can to inspire and support our young people to achieve their potential and raise their aspirations.

    HELOA is therefore holding its first free HELOA Connect conference, designed to bring colleagues together from a range of organisations to discuss changes, challenges and objectives in this area. Universities from across the North East, North Yorkshire, Humberside and the North West will be in attendance in addition to a range of partners. This is a unique opportunity for pre-16 colleagues across the region to showcase how universities and schools are working together at secondary level to support the impartial advice and guidance gap that has been left by the removal of Aimhigher and other services.

    Further details



    UCAS Higher Education Conventions

    Wednesday 30th April 2014
    Metro Radio Arena

    West and North Yorkshire
    Wed 18th and Thu 19th June 2014
    Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley Campus

    Tees Valley
    Thursday 1st May 2014
    Teesside University

    Friday 20th June 2014
    Sheffield Arena

    Tuesday 17th June 2014
    University of Hull

    For more information about these events and to book places, please see the UCAS Convention Guide



    Institution Events

    Please use the UniTasterDays portal to find events hosted by institutions in the North East.

    Powered By UniTasterDays.com
  • Publications:

    The North East HELOA region produces a guide for students considering higher education with details of all the institutions within the region and the courses available.

    A copy is available to download here


    Events for Advisers

    Wednesday 5 March 2014
    York St John University – Information Day for Careers Advisers and Teachers

    The programme will be available shortly.  For further information please visit http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/visit-us.aspx  or email StudentRecruitment@yorksj.ac.uk for more information.


    19 March 2014, 9.15am-3.15pm
    Teesside University – Supporting progression conference:

    It has never been more important to make sure that we’re doing the best we can to support our students and raise their aspirations. With this in mind we have brought together a team of experts to provide you with the most up-to-date information and advice for tackling some of today’s biggest issues in higher education. Designed for teachers and those playing an important role in encouraging and advising students, this conference is an opportunity for you to benefit from sharing best practice in teaching and progression. For more information visit http://www.tees.ac.uk/sections/whats_on/opendays_details.cfm?event_id=5768

    5 & 6 April 2014
    Durham University – Music teachers’ conference

    A residential conference (two days, one night), free of charge, including bed and breakfast accommodation and all meals. For more information and to book: www.durham.ac.uk/schools/teachers

    12 & 13 April 2014
    Durham University – Computer Science teachers’ conference

    A residential conference (two days, one night), free of charge, including bed and breakfast accommodation and all meals. For more information and to book: www.durham.ac.uk/schools/teachers

    24 April 2014, 6.00pm-9.00pm
    Teesside University – TU teachers’ reunion:

    Calling all Teesside graduates now working in the teaching profession, this informal get together is a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with likeminded professionals. Following an inspirational introduction, you have the opportunity to enjoy food and drink whilst mingling with colleagues from across the country. If you are a Teesside graduate, currently a teacher and not already signed up to our alumni association visit www.tees.ac.uk/alumni and sign up today.

    14 May 2014
    University of Leeds Teachers’ and Advisors’ Conference

    A free, one-day conference providing those working in the post-16 sector with an update on developments at the University and information on key issues affecting students applying to Higher Education.  R.Sykes@leeds.ac.uk

    19 & 20 July 2014
    Durham University – Archaeology & Anthropology teachers’ conference

    A residential conference (two days, one night), free of charge, including bed and breakfast accommodation and all meals. For more information and to book: www.durham.ac.uk/schools/teachers


  • Welcome from Group Chair:

    Welcome to HELOA North East.

    As the 17 HEIs of the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside we meet four times a year to share best practice and discuss the issues related to our line of work. We also provide a number of training opportunities throughout the year to ensure that our members are kept up to date with the latest developments in the sector.

    We produce a group booklet that gives details of all member institutions and the courses available; and we are looking at how we can continue to raise the profile of the association within the region.

    If you have any questions about HELOA, or have any suggestions for the group then please do not hesitate to contact me.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Best wishes,

    Nicola Noble, HELOA North East Chair

    Meetings and Training Opportunities

    The North East HELOA group hold four group meetings each year. Following each meeting a training session is offered. The meetings scheduled for 2013 are:

    • 16 May at Leeds Trinity University
    • 26 September at University of Sunderland
    • 12 December at University of Bradford
    Please forward any ideas for future training sessions to:

    Vice Chair (Training) – James Kennedy, Leeds Trinity University

  • Within the group we’d like to make it easy to share best practice and communicate with other members from the region. Below are the key HELOA members from each institution, who are happy to be contacted by other members:

    Bradford College:
    Charlotte Cooper, Education Liaison Team Leader

    Durham University:
    Kathryn Shaw, Student Recruitment Officer,

    Kirklees College
    Melanie Field,  Student Recruitment and Information Manager,

    Leeds Metropolitan University:
    Zoe Marlow, Undergraduate Marketing Manager,

    Leeds Trinity University:
    James Kennedy, Schools & Colleges Liaison Officer (Recruitment),

    Newcastle University:
    Michael Barras, Student Recruitment Manager,

    Northumbria University:
    Kelley Evans, Senior Student Recruitment Officer,

    Sheffield Hallam University:
    Helen Kay – Pre-enrolment Co-ordinator (Outreach and UK Recruitment Development),

    Teesside University:
    Nicola Noble, Recruitment Manager,

    York St John University:
    Harriet Metcalfe, Schools Liaison Manager (currently on maternity leave),

    University of Bradford:
    Mutty Dad, Student Ambassador Coordinator,

    University of Huddersfield:
    Joy Nixon, Schools and Colleges Liaison,

    University of Hull:
    Hilary Jones, Head of Student Recruitment Service,

    University of Leeds:
    Rebecca Sykes, Education Outreach Lead Officer,

    University of Sheffield:
    Laura Maltman UK/EU Student Recruitment Officer,

    University of Sunderland:
    Catryn Davies,

    University of York:
    Andrea Bourne, Student Recruitment Manager,




    North East student finance contacts:

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact:
    Steve Brown - steve_brown@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 07827 449279

    Student Loans Company (SLC) Contact (Yorkshire and Humberside):
    Ian Sinkinson - ian_sinkinson@slc.co.uk
    Tel: 07827 281320

    National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA):
    Mo Onyett - mo507@york.ac.uk
    Tel: 01904 433730